Long story short- I made hotel reservations for Vegas for Christmas, but plans fell through and needed to cancel the reservation yesterday. About three weeks ago, I applied my $100 statement credit via Blue Sky points, and was all good. However, since canceling, I went to the online chat via Amex to see if I could get back my Blue Sky points due to the cancellation/refund, and was told I couldn't.
There goes the $7500 in spending for the $100 credit, gone for no reason
I know this isn't an insanely special card, but certainly a step up from the 1% cashback cards. From this experience though, I might shift gears over to the Blue Cash, where at least it's $=$, but being I don't shop at merchant labeled grocery stores, or use a car much for that matter, it'll just be another 1% cashback card.
Although cards that utilize MR pts have annual fees (sans the Blue) it's certainly easier in my experience to regain/retain MR pts, even with transactions/statement credits flying left and right- I'm considering going back to the Zync, although MRE pts are < 1%.
The biggest bummer is not going to Vegas after all, though.